Two Black Rhino Hunts Become Available in Namibia


Published: July - 2013

Two black rhino hunting permits suddenly became available at auction in Namibia earlier this month. We issued an Email Extra bulletin on June 4 informing hunters about the permits and encouraging anyone interested in hunting a black rhino to contact their favorite Namibian operator to participate in the auction. The auction took place on June 14, and according to Peter Thormahlen of Thormahlen & Cochran Safaris (011-27-13-744-3546; peter@africatrophyhunting.com), he and an operation called Blaser Safaris were the winners, each securing one of these coveted permits.

"I could not believe what happened!" Thormahlen said in an email. "There were seven clients interested  all Americans. We sold it before the bid even took place. We are very privileged to have such great clients."

At press time, I was still trying to verify information for Blaser Safaris and whether their permit had already been sold. If it is available, I will issue an Email Extra bulletin immediately upon hearing back from Blaser.

Thormahlen says that the recent approval for an import permit from the US Fish & Wildlife Service for a US hunter has "opened a huge new client base." If you read the May issue of John J. Jackson's World Conservation Force Bulletin, delivered each month with your Hunting Report, you know that Jackson was successful in getting an enhancement permit issued to a US hunter for the importation of a black rhino that he hunted in Namibia in 2009. That opens the way for other US hunters to import this species, especially because Namibia's hunting program is specifically designed to fund rhino conservation, thus enhance the survival chances of the species.

CITES issued Namibia a small quota of five black rhino per year in 2004, specifying the permits were only for old male rhinos past their breeding age. So it's the oldest and not necessarily the biggest rhinos that are being harvested on these hunts. You may remember some controversy caused by this because many of those rhino are males whose horns had been cut as a safety measure........(continued)

 
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